Xerxes Whitney to speak at Garagiste
Local poet and speaker Xerxes Whitney will be sharing his words and wisdom on Friday, Feb. 22, at Garagiste tasting room in Healdsburg.
The free event begins at 6 p.m. at 439 Healdsburg Ave.
Whitney says his talk will focus on “being authentic” as he explores, with gratitude, his take on his own challenges and the human condition. Born with a mild form of cerebral palsy that effects his muscle coordination, he has become a beloved teacher and coach as well as an accomplished athlete, notably in tennis and as a marathon runner.
Fifteen years ago, Whitney began writing poetry and has since self-published two books of poetry, “What’s Your Name?” and “Bursting Through,” both of which are available through Amazon.com. Engaging, original and funny, Whitney has given poetry readings and motivational talks through the community and for various organizations.
Whitney says he discovered he had a knack for public speaking when he was chosen to give a commencement speech at his graduation from UC Santa Cruz in 1993. He has given many speeches since, including the keynote address for the 2013 National Adapted Physical Education Conference.
For the last 13 years, Whitney has been teaching sixth grade Physical Education and is currently at Windsor Middle School. He was named Teacher of the Year in 2009 by the California League of Middle Schools and also Windsor Rotary Teacher of the Year.
He started the girls’ and boy’s tennis teams at Windsor and led the boys’ team to the Sonoma County League Championship in 2006, and the girls’ team to championships in 2010 and 2011.
More information: xerexeswhitney.org.